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Awakening (Tankborn Trilogy) Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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In addition to writing novels, Karen loves riding dressage and is also an avid folk dancer. She lives in Northern California with her husband and dance partner, Gary, and two cats--pleasingly plump Tenka and formerly feral Zak. For more about Karen, visit http://www.karensandler.net or tweet her at @karensandlerYA (young adult) or @karensandler (mysteries and romances).
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best interest to read Tankborn, before picking up Awakening. A lot happened in the earlier book that I wish I had been aware of before I read Awakening. Other than that confusion, I really liked Awakening.
Sandler has a great variety of characters and tells a good story. Kayla is a Kinship spy, a
dangerous endeavor, and a horrible virus is on the loose. Also, Kayla is unsure if Kinship is as good as it seems. Kayla grows enormously as a character during Awakening and it was great to see! Also
impressive is Sandler’s ability to weave together all the plots and intrigue taking place. This book is
complicated, but Sandler kept all the plots moving together at a good pace.
My only complaint about the plot (besides my initial confusion) is that there was practically no
romance. YA needs romance. That being said, this is definitely young adult territory, although adult
readers could definitely enjoy Sandler’s work, too. I am excited to read the next book; I expect things will heat up between Kayla and the love interest!
*Review copy provided for review, this in no way affects my review*
Cons: Kayla and Devak's waffling with regards to their relationship got a bit irritating, several plot twists were obvious
It's been several months since the events of Tankborn and Kayla misses Devak. He's been avoiding meeting with her and she's not entirely sure why. Her transport job with Risa has kept her from visiting home and though she's done a lot of work for the kinship, transporting information and materials, she's not as sure their goals are in line with hers anymore.
Two other matters concern her: the spread of the Scratch, a plague that only infects GENs, one their internal circuitry can't cure, with a 100% mortality rate. That is, 100% until one victim came back to life with the ability to heal others. And the graffiti scribbled on the door of a warehouse that blows up: Freedom. Humanity. Equality.
This is a great book with a series of complex, interconnected plots. The characters are great, with a mix of races represented, and a positive portrayal of a lesbian couple.
Kayla's dealing with several issues, both in her love life and with regards to her treatment by the kin. She's fed up letting people mess with her brain without explaining what they're doing, even if it's just to transport information from one group to another.
While I found her relationship issues with Devak a bit irritating over the course of the book, I acknowledge that it's a realistic portrayal of how two sixteen year olds react in the face of challenges they hope - perhaps without hope - to overcome. Devak's realized just how hard a relationship with a GEN would be, and even if Kayla took the treatment that would turn her into a lowborn, a life together would be difficult.Read more ›
Awakening moves very slowly. The action takes place several months after Tankborn ends, after Kayla gave up her chance to achieve Lowborn status in order to fight for underground working to acheive equality for Gens. Only, that isn't that isn't heir real objective she realizes as she notes how many members of the leadership still look down on Gens.
Kayla wanders around the countryside, and the pages. Her role with the Gen underground has her traveling and delivering messages and supplies. A disease is running across the land, striking only GENS. Sick GENS are being rounded up and taken away. At the same time a new drug has become available for Highborns, one that can restore strength and fitness. No one seems able to connect the dots between these developments, not even Devak or his grandfather, who is both a member of the underground and a recipient of this medication.
Likewise, although Kayla is suspicious of the new Gen who joins her caravan, no matter what he does, she never acts on her suspicions. Coincidence should only be accepted for so long. Then there was Devak, the boy she loved. The first time he lamented on the impossibility of there being anything between a GEN and a Highborn, I sympathized. But it kept happening every time we were in his point of view.
I really wish someone had taken a few pages out of the story. It took too long to come to any kind of conclusion. While it ended with a bang (literally) I can only hope book three regains the vitality of book one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like the first book, it kept me wanting more and ready to purchase the next book. This would really be a much better movie than a lot of the dystopian movies already put out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bonita parker
Really good, haven't been able to put the book down. Exciting sci-fi, drama, mystery, romance, intrigue... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Lumsden
This book is not a standalone; Tankborn should be read first or Awakening would prove to be confusing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KristiDagz
Read Tankborn first so you're ready for this book, it does not include much back story.
While I loved Tankborn, I thought this one was better. Read more
I love this book and can not wait for the 3rd book in the series. It is a teen novel however as an adult you will find it a good read.Published on August 30, 2013 by Jeannette Howell
Definitely a good second to the first book of the trilogy. Can't wait till the next book. I enjoyed it.Published on July 5, 2013 by M. C. Farnham
My Opinion: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the second book in the Tankborn trilogy and since I enjoyed the... Read more